The Shamanic Roots of Yoga

A short documentary that traces the roots of yoga from its ancient origins to the present day, through historical art, photos and ancient texts.

This film tells the story of the early yogis who first used the entheogenic plant brew Soma to access states of ecstasy and how they developed the postures, breathwork, mantra and meditation practices of hatha yoga as alternative ways to achieve the same results.

Written and produced by Brian James /
Music by Benjy Wertheimer /

Many images for this film were taken from the excellent book Yoga: The Art of Transformation, Smithsonian Books, 2013